Originally Posted by litost
so u think ghana will make it to final 100% ?
Sorry for the belated response. I think Egypt would have liked Ghana because they are in the same qualification group for the World Cup and also were in the same AFCON group. For Egypt they would have been a known and eminently beatable team. They also have a good record against Cameroon but that is not as recent. So for Egypt Cameroon is more of a wildcard.
Don't think Cameroon is overrated. They have a lot of decent-good players. Quality in every line and keeper who plays in Segunda, always big factor in these tournaments. The players who are left home wouldn't have any desire, so I think it's a good thing. I also think Broos is a good coach for these kind of teams.
Yes, nice one!
Tonight Ghana will play Burkina for 3rd place and I am going with Burkina DNB
and Burkina to get 3rd place at 2.3
for a high stake. My reasoning:
- Burkina was very unlucky to exit against Egypt and would have deserved to advance against Egypt (who were my pre-tournament favorites). For me they are the surprise team of the tournament. Ghana's exit on the other hand was in line with their game against Cameroon.
- Avram Grant is surely out of a job now. He has disappointed in World Cup qualifying and won't be returning to Ghana. So the team will enter a team of transition under a new coach. Things are in flux for Ghana. Grant never was very successful with Ghana and I really do wonder whether he will be able to motivate the team now. In contrast, I see Burkina being very motivated.
- Ghana does not have a good record in 3rd place playoffs at AFCON and I am expecting that trend to continue this year: They have lost 3 and only won one 3rd place playoff (the one they won was at home in Ghana). Burkina has only been in one 3rd place playoff (at home) which they lost in a penalty shootout.
- We may see goals in this match. Ghana should play more offensively which may leave them exposed at the back and Andre Ayew (Ghana) as well as Aristide Bance and Préjuce Nakoulma will undoubtedly try to score and become joint top goalscorers with Junior Kabananga (DR Congo).
- Burkina has had an additional day of rest which is an advantage although their match went into overtime. This match will be 48 hours after Ghana's last match and factoring in the travel time, Ghana have not had any time to train in-between. Apparently Grant wants to give some reserves the chance to play. On the other hand, this game will be played in Port Gentil (on a field which has been been likened to a potato pitch) which was the site of Ghana's group stage matches so that they will be very familiar with the venue.
- In summary, I see Burkina having a motivational and fitness edge in this game which could work to their advantage. Burkina's forwards, in particular, Aristide Bance and Prejuce Nakoulma will undoubtedly try to score and get the golden boot as will Andre Ayew. Burkina's defense has been surprisingly strong and based on their performance thus far (with Burkina not losing a single game in regular and having drawn against both finalists), I think the Burkinabe deserve 3rd place. I don't get why betting markets favor Ghana - it should be the other way round.